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Wilbert, Carl F. / History of the town of Mequon
([ca. 1990?])

Dairy farming in Mequon


be whitewashed twice a year. The cows had to be kept very
clean.  io containers with open seams, rusty spots or
indentations caused by rough handling were not allowed.
The barns had to be cleaned daily. Manure had to be
hauled out in the field. No stacking of manure around the
barn was allowed. The milk from the evening milking had
to be kept cool to a temperature of 35 degrees until the
following morning when it was collected by a refrigerated
tank truck. These foregoing requirements were all made by
the Milwaukee Health Department through periodic inspections.
Farmers joined the Milk Producers Association, and bartered
with the milk distributors on price. In 1931, they could
not come to an agreement with the distributors and the
farmers went on strike and shipped no milk to Milwaukee.
As is usally the case, there were some that could not be
without this income, so they hauled their milk during the
night. This was soon detected and some striking farmers
watched for them, followed them, and tipped all the milk
cans into the ditches. During this strike, some farmers
were stationed on the main roads leading to Milwaukee,
stopping all cars going in the direction to Milwaukee to
see if they had cans of milk in their cars. Some cars
would not stop, so they took planks, hammered spikes
through them so that they protruded several inches, had
one man on each side with a rope tied to each end, and
when a car would not slow down and stop for inspection,
they would pull the plank with the spikes turned up
across the road. If they would drive over the plank,


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